were blind, because they fumbled fometimes upon the Bombs, and because they could not get out from among them. Then, said Chriftian, What means this?

The thepherds then answered, Did you not fee a little below these mountains a Itile that led into a meadow on abe left hand of this way? They answered, yes. Then said the shepherds, From that ftile there goes a path that leads dire&ly to Doubting Castle, which is kept by giant Des. pair, and these men (pointing to them among the tombs) came once on pilgrimage as you do now, even till they came to that same file. And because the right way was sough in that place, they chose to go out of it into that meadow, and there were taken by Giani Despair, and cast anto Doubting Castle; where, afier they had been a-while kepe in the dungeon, he at last did put ove their eyes, and Led them among those tombs, where he has left them to

wander to this very day, that the saying of Prov. 21. 26. the wife man might be fulfilled, He that

wanderstb out of tbr way of underfanding Ball remain in the congregation of rée dead. Then Christian and Hopefui looked upon one another, with tears golking

buiver fand nothing in the fhepherds. noen 11.10 in my dream, that the shepherds had them to another place in the borcom. where was a door in the fde oi an hill, and they cpiped the door, and bid them bruk in; they looked in therefore, and law that wishin it was very dark and mosky; th v also thought that they hear a rumbling no te, as if üre, and a cry of tome torcold, and that they smelt the scent of brimiione.

Then saisi Curajdiox, Whit means this! Abye way to bel. The shephers tuid them, This is a bye

way tv heil, a way that hupocrises go in al, Dinely, such as 1911 their birthright, with Elau; fuch as Stilles visiter, wila judas; such as blaspheme the gospel, frien Alex..nder; and that lye and dilleinble, with Annani 801 Sapphira his wife.

Toen fald Hepful to the shepherds, I perceive that these kad on them, even every one, a fhew of pilgrimage, as we h.Ve now, had they not?

Step. Yes, and held it a long time too.

Hope. How far might they go on pilgrimage in their days, fince they, notwithilanding, were ihus niiscrably cal a way?


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hat I doubted of the truth of your belief myself, but to srove thee, and to fetch from chee a fruit the honeft of thy heart. As for this The fruit of an nan, I know that he is blinded bythe god bonest beari. BE this world. Let thee and I go on, koowing that we have belief of the truth, and no lie is of he truth.

Hope. Now I do rejoice in hope of the glory of God, so hey turned away from the man; and he, laughing at them, vent his way

I saw then in my dream, that they went on till they ame into a certain country, whose air naturally tended to nake one drowzy, if he came a franger into it.' And here Hopeful began to be very dull and heavy to fleep; whereore he said unto Chridjan, I do now be. žin to grow fo drowzy that I can scarcely Hopeful begins

eyes ;

let us lie down here to be drowzyo und sake one nap.

Chr. By no means, said the other, left, Christian keeps keeping, we never wake more.

bim awake. Hope. Why, my brother? Sleep is sweet o the labouring man; we may be refreshed if we mould

Chr. Do you not remember that one of ihe theplerds bid us beware of the inchanted ground i Ile meant by itat, that we should beware of ficeping; wherefore let us nos feep as others do, but les as watch and be loby's. I acknowledge mytels in a fault; and, had beca here a'one, Thod, hy sleeping, run the danger of death, I see it is true that the wire-menfaith, Two are better ikana

Hitherto hath thy company been my, mercy, and shuu halt have a good reward for thy labour.

Chr. Now then, said Chrißian, to prevent drowziness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.

Hope. With all my heart, said the other,
Chr. Where shall we begin ?

Hipe. Where God began witha ve. But do you begin, if you please. Cbr. I will &ing you firk a song..


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The Dreamer's Note. When faints do sleepy grow, let them come hither;. And hear how these two pilgrims talk together : Yea, let them learn of them, in aay wise, Thus to keep ope' their drowzy flumb'ring eyes ;; Saints fellowship, if it be manag'd well, Keeps them awake, and that in spight of hell..

Chr. Then Chritian began, and said, I'will’ak you question. How came you to think at first of so doing a you do now?

"Hope. Do you mean how I came at first to look after the good of my soul

Chr. Yes, that is my meaningi

Hope. I continued a great while in the delight of those things which were feen and fold at our fair ; things which I believe now would have, had I continued in them Mill, drowned me in perdition and defruction,

Chr. What things were they?

Hope. All the treasures and riches of the world. Also I delighted much in rioting, revelling, drinking, swearing, lying, ancleanness, sabbath-breaking, and what not, that tended to destroy the soul. But I found at last, by hearing and considering of things that are divine, which indeed I beard of you, as also of beloved Faithful, that was por to

death for his faith and good living in Vas Rom. 6..21, 22.

nity Fair, that the end of these things is Epbef. 5. 6. death ; and that, for these things fake, the

wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience. Chr. And did you presently fall under the power of this

conviction? Hopeful at for Hope. No, I was not willing presently fonts bis eyes to know the evil of lin, nor the damnarion against the light that follows upon the commission of it; but

endeavoured, when my mind at first began to be taken with the word, to fhut mine eyes again it the light thereof.

Chr. But what was the cause of your carrying of it thus to the first workings of God's fpirit upon you?

Hope. The causes were, I was ignorant that this was the woin. of God upon me, I never thought that,



be double torment to me.

awakenings from sin, God at first begins the conversion a finner, 2. Sin was yet very sweet to my felh, and I fas loath to leave it. 3. I could nor tell how tw part with pine old companions, their presence and actions were so Velirable unto me.

4. The hours in which convictions were upon me, were such troublesome and such heart-afirighiso pg hours, that I could not bear, no not fo much as the emembrance of them upon my heart.

Chr. Then, as it seems, sometimes you got rid of your Tousie.

Hope Yes, verily, but it would come into my mind again, ind then I should be as bad, nay, worse than I was before,

(br. Why, what was it that brought your fins to mind gain? Hope. Many things ; as, 1. If I did but meet a good man in the freets, or, 2. If I heard any read in the bible ; or, 3. If mine head did begin to ach; or, 4. If I were told that some of my neighbours were fick;

5. If I heard the bell toll for some that were dead; or, 6. If I thought of dying myself; or, 7. If I heard that sudden deach had happened to others ; 8. Bue especially when I thought of myself that I must quickly come to judgment.

Chr. And could you at any time with ease get off the guilt of lin, when by any of these ways it came upon you?

Hope. No, not I'; for then they got fatter hold of my topscience. And then, if I did but think of going back to fin, (though my mind was curned againit it, it would

Cbr. And how did you then ? Hope. I thought I must endeavour to mend my life ; for ele, thought 1, I am sure to be damned.

Cbr. And did you endeavour to mend? Hope. Yes, and Aed from not only my fing, but finful company too ; and betook me to religious duties, as pray, ing, reading, weeping for fin, (peaking truth to my neighbeurs, &c. "These things did I, with many others too much here to relate. Chr. And did you think yourself well then? Hope. Yes, for a while; but at the last


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tumbling upon me again, and that over the neck of all m reformation. Cbr. How came that about, since you were now reform

ed Reformation at Hope. There were several things broug lait could not in upon mc, especially such sayings as thele bély, a.. wby' All our righteouseffes are as filthy rag

By the works of the law ne man shall Ifeiab 64. 6. jullified. When ye have done all the Galatians 2. 16. things, say we are un profitable, Luke 17. 10. many more such like. From whence I b

gan to reason with myself thus: If all righteousnesses are as filthy rags; if by the deeds of th Jaw no man can be justified; and if, when we have don all, we are un profitalile, then 'tis but foily to think of hea ven by tlec law. I further thought thus, if a man runsa

hundred pounds into the shop-keeper': deb His being a debtor and after that fall pay for all that he the by the law fetch; yet if this old debe stand still in th troubled bin. took uncroffed, the shop keeper may

him for it, and cast him into prison iill shall pay the debt.

(br. 'Well, and how did you apply this to yourself

Hope. Why, I thought thus with myself: I have, by m fins, run a great way into God's book, and that my not reforming will not pay off that scose; therefore I shoul think till, under all my present amendments, but how thall I be freed froin that damuation that I brough: myself in danger of by my former transgressions ?

Cbr. A very good application ; but pray go on.
Hope. Another thing that hath troubled me ever fince

laie amendment, is, that, if I look'd narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see fin, new sin mixing itself with the best of what I do. So that now I am forced to conclude, notwithitanding my former conceits of my-lf and duties, I have committed fin enough in one day to lend me to hell, though my former life had been faultlefa. Cbr. And what did you

then! Hope. Do! I could not tell what to do, 'till I brake my mind to Faithful; for he and I were well acquainted. And he told sic that unless I could obsain the

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